We’re fascinated by the BAFTAs for some strange reason. Maybe it’s because of our love for all things across the pond — like Victoria and David Beckham, the Royals and fish and chips. This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards (sounds more grand in full form, doesn’t it) took place at The Royal Opera House, today. Sunday, to be exact. We’re okay with the 10 best-dressed ladies on the red carpet. Were we expecting to be more in awe of the fashion? Sure. But that’s just our weekender buzz which always extends our expectations. Two stars floored is the most on this list and for totally different reasons other than being dressed awesomely. Jessica Chastain leads the way for finally getting it right. All right. As in, not even one element of her look wrong, as she normally does. She looked divine in her cobalt blue, architectural marvel of a Roland Mouret gown. Paired perfectly with Jimmy Choos and classy Harry Winston jewels. Then, there was Dame Helen Mirren, who we plain adore, and who rocked the red carpet with a pink bob. We repeat — she rocked it in a pink bob. She’s 67-years-old and she flippin’ ballered a look we couldn’t pull off. We’re loving her dove grey Nicholas Oakwell gown with the silver pashima, as well.
Anne Hathaway‘s Burberry column with the striking silver rivets all over the bodice looked fantastic. The hot pink lippie was an excellent touch, too. Marion Cotillard‘s sunshine Dior gown from Raf Simons’ Spring 2013 Couture collection could only have been pulled off by her. She wasn’t the only one in yellow. Andrea Riseborough took on Brit designer Vivivienne Westwood, wearing a saucy daffodil colored couture gown with ribbon detailing over the bodice which matched her ribbon Brian Atwood shoes. It made her look wonderfully hour-glassed, unlike Jennifer Lawrence who needs to be fed some hot stew or something. Does she still have pneumonia? The sport wore a lovely white Dior Haute Couture dress with Jimmy Choo shoes, Chopard jewelry and a Judith Leiber bag, but looked alarmingly skinny. There were also two semi-goth looks this evening. The goth element being added by black chantilly lace through Thandi Newton‘s Louis Vuitton and Amy Adams Elie Saab gowns, respectively. Alicia Vikander in a minimal Christian Dior mullet dress and Juno Temple in Stella McCartney complete the list. Have a look through the gallery for the full looks and tell us who your favorites are!
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Sorry you creep you out so late in the day, but you’re going to want to clap those hands over you/your kids’ eyes when hear about Thandie Newton’s teen affair with John Duigan, director of Newton’s first film. While Newton co-starred in the teen drama Flirting with a young Nicole Kidman, Duigan cajoled the 16-year-old actress into a relationship, despite the fact that he was 23 years older than her at the time and that is barftastic. “I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in control of the situation,” the Kung Fu Panda 2 star says now. “Would I have liked things to be different? Sure, but I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see myself as a victim.”
Thandie didn’t tell her parents about the relationship at the time, but later pursued therapy to help her deal with the unwanted relationship. “In retrospect, although it was legal because I was 16, I was coerced.” Newton has said in a previous interview, explaining now that “Part of me feels grateful I can accept the difficulties that came with that situation and be a more compassionate person myself.” Not that we ever, ever would have watched Flirting for any foreseeable reason, but we definitely aren’t going to watch it now.
Let’s give the British Academy of Film And Television Arts awards show its due, people. Yes, we know the Grammy‘s were on yesterday, but the BAFTA’s are a pretty big deal too! And can we just say how pleased we are that Colin Firth won best actor for The King’s Speech! We kinda love him here at the FABLife, so much so that we have a full gallery dedicated to Firth’s open-shirted sexiness (photos).
You can check out the full list of BAFTA winners here, but let’s get down to the really important stuff: who rocked the red carpet? Can we just say right in the beginning that J.K Rowling, taking a page out of the House of Slytherin, and wearing a python-print Lanvin halter-necked gown totally surprised us! Ssss-izzling! Lucky Julianne Moore wore a midnight blue Tom Ford velvet gown with a gorgeous bow detail at the back. Ford was also Julianne’s date for the night! Other best dressed stars included Jessica Alba in a flowing Atelier Versace, and the always lovely Emma Watson in Valentino. Want to know who else made the list? You’ll just have to check out the gallery below.
Welcome to the Red Carpet Report Card, where the stars are put to the red carpet fashion test. See how our Fashion 101 teacher, Libby Keatinge, grades Nicole Kidman, Anna Faris, Carla Gugino, and Thandie Newton on their red carpet performances. See who did their homework and who thinks they are still on spring break!
Gerard Butler can’t say enough good things about Rocknrolla costar Thandie Newton, who courageously simulated an orgasm against him while he was ill.
I’d had a bad throat infection, and it wouldn’t have been fair on Thandie for me to kiss her. So Guy went, ‘Right, we’ll do it like this – get in there and undo her zip!’ And that was the day I realised how professional Thandie is. She was like, ‘OK, cool. I’ll do the orgasm face.’ She gets up and just goes, ‘Uh-uh-UH!’. I was like, ‘F**k, that’s good.’ I was so impressed.
While Newton claims she “did find it challenging having to climax in a close-up to camera,” this wouldn’t be the first time a film pro was pleased with her skills. Newton previously spoke of a director early in her career who forced her to simulate a climax at an auditions–and played the tape for his friends. “I just had to fake an orgasm with the camera rolling. Revolting!” Decades later, ain’t a damn thing changed…
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